Sunday, April 7, 2013

Nutritional Yeast Cheezy Sauce

 I know "nutritional yeast" doesn't sound very good, but it's awesome! It's powdery flakey yellow stuff that is filled with B vitamins, especially B12, which can be hard for vegetarians to get from other sources. It tastes kind of cheesy and kind of nutty. You can sprinkle it on popcorn or make vegan cheese sauce with it.

We make this sauce often and put it over various things such as baked potatoes, broccoli, tortilla chips, pasta, etc. It's another one of our favorites.

Over quinoa pasta with broccoli and peas.

The original recipe came from The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook. I've tweaked it of course. We use butter, but you can make a vegan version by using coconut oil. We tried it that way once and it was still good, just a little sweeter and coconutty. :)  Just don't use margarine...that stuff is crap.

This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so if you are not sure you will like it or if you just want a little, cut it in half.

1/2 cup (one stick) butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 cups boiling water
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs soy sauce (Braggs)
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp turmeric (doesn't really add flavor, just yellow color, optional)
2 cups nutritional yeast flakes

Melt the butter or coconut oil in a sauce pan. Beat in the flour with a wire whisk. Slowly add the boiling water, whisking as you go. Add the salt, soy sauce, garlic powder, and turmeric. Keep whisking over low heat until it is all mixed up. Let it cook on low for a bit until it thickens and bubbles. Stir in the nutritional yeast and voila! Pour it over something delicious.

Purple cabbage, collard green,s and bok choy. Aren't the colors stunning?

Here it is over a mixture of veggies. The cabbage and greens from above, carrots, broccoli, onions.